MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Rockford is the Humor Capital of the World

The optimism dept. The longer I live here, the happier I am with this country. We have citizens from all over the world, churches too numerous to count, and the Irish don’t shoot the Poles and the Methodists don’t blow up the Baptists. I don’t agree with every decision of the governor, Congress or the […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

Penalized for starting a business? One of the trickier decisions that must be made by those who are in business is deciding how much to spend on marketing. Once the dollar amount is calculated, then comes the even more difficult decision of where exactly to spend those dollars. Print media, such as advertisements in newspapers […]


Saturday, March 19 Olivia the Pig Party—10 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Come celebrate our favorite fictional pig Olivia through stories, games and sparkly crafts! For more information, call (616) 784-2016 ext. 2159 or visit Annual Church Garage Sale—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 Eleven […]

A Message for You

Can’t See… by PASTOR RON AULBACH BridgeWay Community Church Vision is something we take for granted. I’m reminded when I go to the eye doctor and they put those drops in that make things all fuzzy for a couple hours. I think they are secretly testing me for when I’m older. Another time, I was […]

Links program breaks down barriers

The Links students at Appleview Elementary.

Challenged students get a little help from a friend by BETH ALTENA A program that pairs successful students and those that face learning differences is so successful that teacher Emily Molesta hopes it will become a model for other schools. “Links” at Appleview Elementary in Sparta is a new program that links children with learning […]